Thailand Planning To Fully Reopen By November 2021
LAST UPDATE: OCTOBER 12, 2021
Thailand’s Prime Minister has announced that Thailand will fully reopen to vaccinated travellers by November 2021 (pushed back from the original plan of mid-October).
On October 11, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha declared that fully-vaxxed travellers from 10 low-risk countries will be able to enter with no need to quarantine. These countries include the UK, China, Germany, Singapore, USA, and more nations will be added from December. Woohoo!
Travellers will still need to present proof of a negative Covid test on arrival and test once again upon arrival, but then will be able to travel freely. This significantly loosens current restrictions in place for vaxxed tourists who at the moment must do 7 days of hotel quarantine under the ‘Sandbox’ programs.
The Prime Minister acknowledged the bold move, saying that welcoming tourists back is necessary to restart Thailand’s tourism industry.
"I am, therefore, setting a goal for us to be able to declare Thailand fully open, and for tourism centres that are ready to do so even faster," Prayuth Chan-o-cha said at a recent press conference.
As the global vaccine rollout has gained momentum, the question on everyone’s lips has been ‘when will countries reopen?’ Coming directly from Thailand’s Prime Minister, this announcement is a promising indicator of travel to Thailand back on the cards!
Island-hopping, mouthwatering food, tropical sunshine on our faces… safe to say we’re pretty pumped at the prospect of travelling through the stunning country of Thailand again.
Thailand has already been welcoming vaccinated tourists from July with trial 'sandbox' schemes. These schemes allow fully vaccinated travellers to fly into Phuket or Samui without needing a strict quarantine, but still requires arrivals to stay on the island for 7 days before going elsewhere in the country. These initiatives have been fine-tuning things for country-wide reopening in November 2021.
Head to our ‘When Can We Travel To Thailand In 2021?’ blog for more detailed information about travelling to Thailand. For news on current border restrictions in INTRO's other destinations, find our full range of travel updates here.
As the world gets its groove back and travel restrictions ease, there’s no doubt tourism will return with a surge in demand. Grab your passport and dust off your backpack - now is the time to get planning for 2022!
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